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Octopus

How the Squid Lost Its Shell

How the Squid Lost Its Shell

Hundreds of millions of years ago, the earliest ancestors of cephalopods like squids rose up from the ocean floor, donning a hard shell. PBS Eons explores the evolutionary adaptations that caused the squid to shed its protective outer covering to improve its mobility.

Navy Yard Sea Monster

Navy Yard Sea Monster

Artists FilthyLuker and Pedro Estrellas of Designs In Air bring old buildings to life by filling them with monsters. Their latest installation features an inflatable sea creature with 20 tentacles sticking out of Building 611 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. See it in person through 11/16/18.

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Ocho the Octopus

Ocho the Octopus

Puppeteer and performance artist Tim Davies shows off his latest creation – a gigantic inflatable octopus puppet with articulated tentacles. It measures more than 13 feet high and 22 feet wide, yet has soft and smooth movements despite its size. More here.

Octopus Gripper Robot

Octopus Gripper Robot

Robotics company Festo developed this incredible appendage that mimics the movements and suction abilities of an octopus tentacle. It can grab and hold onto objects that might challenge other robots. It attaches to the end of their bendy Bionic Motion Robot.

Googly-eyed Stubby Squid

Googly-eyed Stubby Squid

“It’s like some little kid dropped their toy.” A team of oceanic researchers on the E/V Nautilus came across this unusual sea creature while on a mission, but rather getting all serious and sciency, they spent their time poking fun at the little guy’s looks.

Octopus Lantern

Octopus Lantern
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This bronze-finished iron and aluminum centerpiece has our favorite cephalopod keeping the place lit up with a set of three lanterns dangling from his tentacles. Just put a 3 pc. suit on him and nobody will suspect a thing. Measures 18″L x 13-1/2″W x 14-3/4″H.

Sculpting an Octopus

Sculpting an Octopus

Polymer clay artist Stephanie K. PetitPlat builds an intricate sculpture of an octopus protecting a coral reef in this two-part time-lapse. The texturing on the body is fantastic, and those teensy suckers are amazing. The finished sculpture is available in her shop.

Giant Octopus Kite

Giant Octopus Kite

Footage of one of the most epic kites we’ve ever seen take to the skies – Facebooker Erich Chew posted this clip of a fantastic flying octopus near Singapore’s Marina Barrage dam. The way it moves kind of reminds us of those Sentinel robots from The Matrix.

Opiuo Grassroots Fitted Cap

Opiuo Grassroots Fitted Cap
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Whether or not you’re familiar with Australian electro funk musician Opiuo, you can appreciate the awesome octopus tentacle embroidery on this fitted ballcap, designed to promote his album Meraki. We dig the cool geometric pattern wrapped around the entire cap.

The Octopus Typewriter

The Octopus Typewriter

Artist Courtney Brown envisions a fantastic typewriter that can type for itself, courtesy of its eight tentacles. Titled “Self Organization,” the sculpture was made from a 1938 Underwood and intricately shaped bronze, and took top prize at the 2015 California Sculpture SLAM.

Kraken T-Shirt

Kraken T-Shirt
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Hey man, what’s Kraken? This awesome t-shirt, that’s what. Derek Brennan designed this fantastic all-over image of the deadly sea beast as it descends on an approaching fleet. Each dye-sublimated shirt is hand-crafted to order.

Iron and Glory Octopus Accessories

Iron and Glory Octopus Accessories
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Our friends at Iron and Glory are offering up a series of cool accessories, each embellished with a friendly, yet imposing octopus. Choose from a leather wallet, moleskine journal cover, a stainless lighter, coasters, trays, stainless mugs, flasks, and some super cool pint glasses.

An Octopus Carrying a Coconut

An Octopus Carrying a Coconut

It’s not often that you see an octopus carrying things around, but when you do, it’s kind of silly looking. A diver spotted one of the eight-legged sea creatures awkwardly trying to carry two halves of a coconut shell. It’s like Octodad IRL.

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Octopus, What Octopus?

Octopus, What Octopus?

Jonathan Gordon was taken aback while snorkeling in the caribbean, as he stumbled onto this octopus and its amazing innate abilities to blend into its surroundings. It’s exactly like the plot of Octodad, but not.

Octopus Opens Jar

Octopus Opens Jar

There is nothing common about this octopus, as it shows its smarts and dexterity when presented with a crab inside a glass jar. Later, it manages to enjoy its meal from inside of a beaker, and cram itself into a octopus habitrail.

Black Octopus Cufflinks

Black Octopus Cufflinks
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Pretend you’re a member of a secret society of supervillains with these inky black stainless steel cufflinks, made up in the shape of the mysterious tentacled cephalopod. Matching supervillain chair sold separately.

Octopus Wants Camera

Octopus Wants Camera

What is it with octopi and their interest in cameras? While filming off the coast of Carmel, California, divers David Malvestuto and Warren Murray encountered one cephalopod who really wanted a camera, and didn’t want to let go.

Octopus Escape Artist

Octopus Escape Artist

Camouflage isn’t the only skill the mighty octopus possesses. Watch as this cephalopod squeezes its massive body out of a tiny hole in the side of this boat. (Thanks Daniel!)

Octopus Camouflage

Octopus Camouflage

Over a decade ago, marine biologist Roger Hanlon stumbled onto an octopus as it transformed to match its surroundings, leading him to study how cephalopods morph in color, shape and texture.

Octopizza

Octopizza

This delectable dinner has eight pepperoni-suckered arms to hold you – but you have a plan of attack – just pluck off and devour its tentacles one-by-one until they’re all in your belly.

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Evil Squid Corkscrew

Evil Squid Corkscrew
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Open your wine bottles Kraken-style with this creepy squid corkscrew from Dellamorte. Made from cast resin with a stainless steel cork remover. Would be cooler if the tentacles pulled the cork out.

Time to Go

Time to Go
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Seamus Spilsbury and the gang at Oh Yeah Wow created this painstakingly-animated stop-motion clip for Wax Tailor and Aloe Blacc, as a crocheted quadropus(?) makes its way through the city.

Octo-Labra

Octo-Labra
$785  Buy Comment

While this octopus candelabra has eight arms, it only holds four candles at a time – but we’ll forgive it, since it’s still the most awesome centerpiece you can own – except maybe an octopus punch bowl.

Octopus Chair (For Sale)

Octopus Chair (For Sale)
~$54K  Buy Comment

Alert your local villain – Maximo Riera’s Octopus Chair is finally ready for purchase. The handmade chair is available in limited quantities. We’ll wait for the Walrus Chair. And a lottery win.

El Pulpo Mechanico

El Pulpo Mechanico

One of the highlights from Burning Man 2011, Duane Flatmo’s mechanical cephalapod shoots flames from its 8 tentacles, and fear into the hearts of anyone who dare to cross its path.

Octopus Chair

Octopus Chair

You can’t possibly call Maximo Riera’s truly impressive Octopus Chair a chair – it’s more like an Octopus throne, meant for underwater royalty or an evil overlord in a movie. (Thanks Matt!)

Mimic Octopus

Mimic Octopus

The Southern White-faced Owl has a couple of creepy transformations, but it’s got nothing on the Mimic Octopus. This strange cephalopod can copy the look of 15 species, from snakes to shrimps.

Sharktopus (Producer’s Cut)

Sharktopus (Producer’s Cut)

Syfy’s awesomely bad Sharktopus hits the cable and satellite waves in less than a week (on 9/25), and we’re stoked. Here’s the new sneak preview of Roger Corman’s latest masterpiece.

Octopus Steals Video Camera

Octopus Steals Video Camera

Victor Huang was scuba diving the waters in Wellington, NZ, when an octopus decided he didn’t like that he was being filmed. The entire ordeal was caught on video, and set to a catchy tune.

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